Jazz Audition Repertoire

Due to the present Covid surge, NEC has made the decision to move final auditions to an all-recorded format for most majors and programs. We hope this adjustment will help all applicants and their families remain healthy and avoid travel delays. 

Final recorded auditions will be due on February 14, 2022.

Please read the recording guidelines carefully.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines - Updated January 14, 2022

Jazz Performance Final Auditions:

  • All applicants should perform from memory and improvise on the following:
  1. Two jazz standards, contrasting in tempo
  2. One additional piece of your choice

Pieces performed for the final audition should differ from those included on the prescreening recording. A performance with a live rhythm section is preferable where possible, but a recorded backing track is acceptable.

  • Please upload a brief introduction video, including the following information:
  1. Please discuss any other instruments you have studied, and for how long;
  2. What are some of the goals you're hoping to achieve during your education at NEC?
  3. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!

Jazz Composition Final Portfolio Review:

  • Submit three or four scores in PDF format, with accompanying audio recordings if possible. While original compositions are preferred, one arrangement or recomposition may be included. Applicants may resubmit the materials used for prescreening or submit new works they may have available. MIDI files are acceptable, but if you are able to have your compositions performed by live musicians, please also include those recordings. Wherever possible, please submit both a MIDI file and a live recording. 

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

  • Please upload a brief introduction video, including the following information:
  1. Please discuss any other instruments you have studied, and for how long;
  2. What are some of the goals you're hoping to achieve during your education at NEC?
  3. Please share anything else that you would like the faculty to know about you!
  • Jazz Composition applicants will be asked to have a virtual-live Zoom interview with the faculty. More information on scheduling will be forthcoming.